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Lay Confraternities and Civic Religion in Renaissance Bologna (Cambridge Studies in Italian History and Culture)
ISBN 0521522617 / 9780521522618 / 0-521-52261-7
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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The Renaissance is still often wrongly characterized as a period of religious indifference. Contradicting that viewpoint, this book examines confraternities: lay groups through which Italians of the Renaissance expressed their individual and collective religious beliefs. Intensely local and dominated by artisans and craftsmen, the confraternities shaped the civic religious cult through various activities such as charitable work, public shrines, and processions. This book puts these religious activities into the turbulent social and political context of Renaissance Bologna. [via]